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About

Walter de Melo Koch was born in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in Mozambique in the late 1940s to a German/Portuguese father and a Portuguese mother. From 1955 to 1963 he was privately educated in his home town by a tutor Dona Natália Rosetti.  In 1961 his father passed away and he was sent to  boarding school is South Africa.  While on holiday at home in Lourenço Marques, Walter attended drawing classes at the Núcleo de Arte under António Quadros.  In 1969 he matriculated from the Damlin College and went on to study art under Cecil Skotnes.  He also forged a lifetime friendship with Carl Jeppe.  From 1971 to 1973, he studied Graphic Fine Art under Gunther van der Reis at the Pretoria Art School.

“One of the major influences in my life was my father who had actually grown up very close to the local population. He spoke Shangaan fluently and was highly regarded among the local people in and around Maputo. He told me amazing stories that he had heard while sitting around camp fires in an Africa that even in those days was ever changing.

His stories of the local people  stirred my curiosity and I had the freedom to be able to ride my bike, out of the city, along foot paths into some very rural villages. The sounds and smells, the welcoming and friendly Mozambican people fascinated me even as a young boy, where I experienced for myself a very rural Africa.

But it was not just the people that I found fascinating – their home made pottery, implements and woodcarvings really interested me, especially the carvings of animals. The animal carvings captured, in a very unique naive way, the essence of the animal they were depicting and for me they went beyond that, in that they actually encapsulated the spirit of Africa.

To this day I find myself drawn to rural African carvings because they emanate that essence, and perhaps even the spirit, of the animal they are depicting and it is this essence that I attempt to convey in my animal drawings.”

Walter now resides in UK and in 2012, he received a Highly Commended award from the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

 

Walter de Melo Koch was born in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) in Mozambique to a German/Portuguese father and a Portuguese mother.

1955 – 1963 Privately educated in his home town by tutor Dona Natália Rosetti.

1961 – His father passed away.

1963 – 1965 Went to a boarding school is South Africa and while on holiday at home in Lourenço Marques attended drawing classes at the Núcleo de Arte under António Quadros.

1969 Matriculated from Damlin College. Studied art under Cecil Skotnes. Forged a lifetime friendship with Carl Jeppe.

1971 – 1973 Studied Graphic Fine Art under Gunther van der Reis at the Pretoria Art School. UK equivalent BTEC Higher National Diploma /NVQ Level 4

 

EDUCATION

1970/73 Diploma in Print Making – Pretoria Art School, South Africa. (UK equivalent BTEC Higher National Diploma /NVQ Level 4)

 

RECENT PRIZES

I received a Highly Commended award from the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.This award was given to me by Simon Topman, CEO of Acme Whistles, at a Private View held at the RBSA Gallery on Thursday 5 April 2012. The Exhibition ran until Sat 21 April 2012.

I received this award for three works I submitted to the Friends’ Exhibition.

 

EXHIBITIONS

2018

APRIL 7th to APRIL 21st - HATCH & SPROUT

Fillingdon Fine Art Gallery, Fillingdon Farm, Piddington, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3BL, UK

 

2017

JUNE 1st to 3rd – UNFOLD REFLECT – The Hub, Chertsey, UK

JULY 17th to 29th – SANDED AND SALTED – Summer Show – Fillingdon Fine Art Gallery, Fillingdon Farm, Piddington, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3BL, UK

OCTOBER – THE STUDIO GALLERY – Warren Row, UK

NOVEMBER 18th to DECEMBER 2nd – IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS – Winter Show – Fillingdon Fine Art Gallery, Fillingdon Farm, Piddington, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3BL, UK

 

2016

JUNE 4th to 6th – UNFOLD RECYCLED – The Hub, Chertsey, UK

OCTOBER 22nd – THE STUDIO GALLERY OPENING – Warren Row, UK

 

2015

MAY 2nd to 25th – COVER TO COVER – West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, UK

MAY 2nd to 25th – INSIGHT – The Open Studios Scheme, Newbury, UK

MAY 26th to 30th – UNFOLD – The Hub, Chertsey, UK

JUNE 6th to 13th – SCRUFFY SOUL – Bucks Open Studios, Windsor, UK

SEPTEMBER 26th to OCTOBER 3rd – Windsor Fringe, Windsor, UK

OCTOBER 15th to 18th – THE OTHER ART FAIR – The Old Truman Brewery – London, UK

 

2014

APRIL – THE OTHER ART FAIR – Ambika P3 – London, UK

JUNE – The Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted, UK

SEPTEMBER – Windsor Fringe, Windsor, UK

OCTOBER – THE OTHER ART FAIR – The Old Truman Brewery – London, UK

 

2013

APRIL – THE OTHER ART FAIR – Ambika P3 – London, UK

JUNE – Art•Marylebone – Contemporary Art Fair Boutique – Hellenic Centre, Marylebone, London

SEPTEMBER – Contemporary Art Belém – Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, Portugal.

SEPTEMBER – Windsor Fringe, Windsor, UK

OCTOBER – THE OTHER ART FAIR – The Old Truman Brewery – London, UK

 

2012

FEBRUARY – February Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

MARCH –  Bertina 1+9 – Hotel Moliceiro, Aveiro, PORTUGAL

MARCH – First Birthday Private View – DEBUT Contemporary

MARCH – March Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

APRIL – Royal Birmingham Society of Artists – Friend’s Exhibition – RBSA, UK

APRIL – Spring Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

APRIL – ALUMNI EXHIBITION – Department of Fine Arts, Tshwane Universaty of Technology, SOUTH AFRICA

APRIL – April Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

MAY – THE OTHER ART FAIR – Ambika P3 – London, UK

MAY – Barcelona Showcase – Casa Batló – Barcelona, SPAIN

MAY – May Private View – DEBUT Contemporary, UK

JULY – Petersfield Museum, The Old Courthouse, Petersfield, UK

SEPTEMBER – Pearls in The Sand -Windsor Fringe, Windsor, UK

NOVEMBER – THE OTHER ART FAIR – Ambika P3 – London, UK

 

2011

JULY – Banquet of Sight, Sensations and Pleasures – Group Exhibition – Carl Koch & Jean Denison

                         The Fire       Station Gallery, Windsor, UK

DECEMBER – Winter Private View – DEBUT Contemporary

 

2010 MARCH – Group Exhibition at Galeria Morgados da Pedricosa, Aveiro, Portugal OCTOBER – 15 Exposição

                              Internacional de Artes Plásticas de Vendas Novas, Portugal

 

2009

JULY – Exhibition at the Espaço Mercure, Lisboa, Portugal

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Bertrand, Aveiro, Portugal

DECEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria de Artes, Sines, Portugal

 

2008

MARCH– Group Exhibition at the Galeria Bertrand – Aveiro, Portugal

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at Museu do Café, Rio Maior, Portugal

 

2007

JULY – Group  Exhibition at the Galeria da Capitania de Aveiro, Portugal

 

2006

MARCH – Ecos de Africa Group Exhibition at the Museu de Viana do Castelo, Portugal 

JUNE – Percursos Lusofonos, Group Exhibition at the Bertrand Forum Aveiro, Portugal

 

2005

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Galeria das Comunidades Portuguesas Lisbon, Portugal 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Sandton Civic Art Gallery in Sandton, South Africa

 

2004

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Galeria de Artes Valenca , Portugal 

SEPTEMBER – Vendas Novas 10th Expo Internacional, Portugal

 

2003

APRIL – Group Exhibition at the Centro de Exposicoes de Fortaleza de Sagres, Portugal 

OCTOBER – Vendas Novas 9th Expo Internacional, Portugal 

DECEMBER – Belo Belo Braga, Portugal 

 

2002

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Instituto Camoes at Casa de Arines in Vigo, Spain 

 

2001

APRIL – Group Exhibition at the Claustros do Forte de S. Francisco in Chaves, Portugal 

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Multimaios in Espinho, Portugal 

 

2000

FEBRUARY – Group Exhibition at the Jardim Paulista (Expo do Acervo) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

MAY – Opera em Aveiro, Portugal 

 

1999

MARCH – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Instituto Camoes in Brasilia, Brazil 

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Banco Bandeirantes in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

 

1998

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

AUGUST – Group Exhibition at the Casa de Macau in Interlagos, Brazil 

 

1997

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Barata in Lisbon, Portugal 

AUGUST – Group Exhibition at the Galeria B.F.P. in Porto Alegre, Brazil 

 

1996

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Casa de Portugal in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Instituto Camoes in Brasilia, Brazil 

 

1995

JUNE – Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Centro Portugues in Caracas, Venezuela 

 

1994

JUNE – Exhibited at the Galeria Hilton in Caracas, Venezuela 

JULY – Group Show at the Palos Grandes (Expo do Acervo) in Caracas, Venezuela 

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Barata in Lisbon, Portugal 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Sheraton in Porto, Portugal 

 

1993

FEBRUARY – Group Exhibition at the Mandela Galery at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa 

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Fedcamaras in Caracas, Venezuela 

 

1992

MARCH – Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Centro Portugues in Caracas, Venezuela 

 

1991

FEBRUARY – Group Show. Pintores e Escultores de Mozambique at the Galeria Estoril, Portugal 

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Lou Lim Yok Gallery in Macau, South China 

SEPTEMBER – Group Show at the Hagenhof Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Crowne Plaza in Lisbon, Portugal 

 

1990

MARCH – Group Exhibition at the Portuguese Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique 

MAY – Group Exhibition at the Gencor Gallery, RAU in Johannesburg, South Africa 

AUGUST – Group Exhibition at Goldfields in the Vaal Triangle, South Africa 

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at the Fundacao Dionisio Pinheiro in Agueda, Portugal 

 

1989

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Sandton Sun in Sandton, South Africa 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria do Casino in Estoril, Portugal 

 

1988

JULY – Group Exhibition Portfolio Gallery in Durban, South Africa 

AUGUST – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Turismo in Leiria, Portugal 

 

1987

JULY- Portuguese Art In SA at the Leephy Gallery in Bergdron, South Africa 

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Grade in Aveiro, Portugal 

 

1986

APRIL – Group show at the Witwatersrand University. Portuguese Cultural Week, South Africa 

MAY – Group Exhibition at the AARM in Germiston, South Africa 

JULY – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Albatroz in Cascais, Portugal 

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at the Galeria Turismo in Estoril, Portugal 

 

1985

OCTOBER – Group Exhibition at the Diamond Corner in Johannesburg, South Africa 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts in Pretoria, South Africa 

 

1984

MAY – Exhibited at the Jewish Guild Gallery in Sandton, South Africa 

NOVEMBER – Group Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts in Pretoria, South Africa 

 

1983 Co-founded TAM (Tertulia de Artistas de Mocambique) with Rodrigo Pombeiro, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

1981 Invited to exhibited at the Republic Festival Exhibition at the Durban Harbour Gallery, Durban, South Africa

 

1979 Joint Exhibition with Carl Jeppe and Dannie de Wet at SA Association of Arts, South Africa

 

1978 Invited to exhibit at SA Association of Arts – World in Conflict, Pretoria, South Africa

 

1977 Invited to Exhibit at the Prestigious Opening of New SA Association of Arts Gallery at the Volkskas Bldg, Pretoria, South Africa.

 

1974 Co-founder of Art Studios Pretoria with Carl Jeppe, Lynn Jeppe and Elaine van Deventer, Pretoria, South Africa

 

 

1973 Joint Exhibition with Ian Redelinghuys At the SA Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa

 

1972 New Signatures Exhibition at the SA Association of Arts (Prize Winner)Pretoria, South Africa

 

1971 Exhibited at Highpoint – Hillbrow Exhibition, Johannesburg, South Africa